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Watch: Maryam Nawaz questioned at Qatar Airport

The video is going viral on social media as it has always been a trend in Pakistan that political figures leave the country on the pretext of seeking medical treatments abroad. 

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A video of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz dodging a question about her medical treatment while on her way to London is going viral on social media.

According to the details by Zeeshan Ranjha, during a layover at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, Maryam Nawaz was taking pictures with some of her supporters when she was asked by Zeeshan about her medical treatment.

To clarify, Maryam Nawaz is traveling to London via Qatar Airways just a day after the Lahore High Court (LHC) returned her passport which she had surrendered to obtain bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills Case. She is expected to stay in London for a month and will also undergo a medical checkup.

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While taking pictures with her supporters, Maryam Nawaz was asked what surgery is there that cannot be done in Pakistan even after thirty years of PML-N’s rule. The question was of course ignored by Maryam Nawaz.

Medical treatments abroad

The question is getting praise on social media as it has always been a trend in Pakistan that political figures – especially those with corruption charges leveled against them –  leave the country on the pretext of seeking medical treatments abroad.

PML-N Supreme leader and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for London in 2019 on the basis of medical treatment. However, he has not returned since. Multiple times over the past years, he claimed that his doctor has advised against long-distance travel. In Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif faces multiple corruption charges, for instance, the Avenfield reference.

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Similarly, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was also living in London in self-imposed exile. An accountability court had accused Ishaq Dar of owning assets that were “disproportionate to his known sources of income for which he could not reasonably account for.” He remained in London for the past four years, where he reportedly underwent medical treatment. He returned last month to take take the post of finance minister.

Recently, PPP Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari was also about to be shifted to Dubai for his medical treatment. However, a team of foreign doctors on Tuesday examined the ailing former president and expressed satisfaction over his ongoing treatment at a local hospital.